Consumer Watch: Preventing small, overlap car crashes

Print
Email
|

by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 14, 2012 at 6:35 PM

(WHAS11) -- A new kind of vehicle crash tests aims to curb injuries and deaths related to a particularly dangerous kind of collision. Good Morning Kentuckiana’s Andy Treinen has details in Tuesday's Consumer Watch. 

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is adding another crash test to the battery of safety checks it makes on vehicles in order to target a certain kind of crash. 

“We call it a small, overlap crash because it looks like what happens when just the small front corner of a vehicle hits another vehicle or tree of object," said Adrian Lund, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety President.  "And we looked at the real world data and this is a very important issue for frontal crash safety,”

Most cars now have safety cages for protection in the event of a head-on collision.  The new test seeks to improve performance in crashes that affect a car's outer edges. According to IIHS, about one quarter of the serious injuries and fatalities in these accidents involve collisions like the one this test replicates.

“This is still a risk for people, even in vehicles that do well in our frontal moderate overlap test crash or do well in the government full over test crash, don't do well in this kind of test crash, small overlap,” said Lund.

IIHS tested 11 mid-size luxury and near-luxury models under the newest guidelines and three earned good or acceptable ratings; including the Acura TL, Volvo S60, and the Infiniti G.

If you have a consumer issue you’d like us to look into send an e-mail to consumerwatch@whas11.com.
 

Print
Email
|